Academy Nominations

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It is my honor to nominate Wyoming residents to the US Service Academies. If you are interested in a career serving in our nation’s armed forces, going to the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy, West Point, or the Merchant Marine Academy is a terrific place to begin.

Competition for the appointments is rigorous. Successful students have strong high school GPAs, high scores on the ACT or SAT, and have shown leadership and strength of character through participation in sports, extracurricular activities, work and community service.

Working toward an appointment requires applications for a Congressional nomination as well as an application with each academy. I encourage students to start working on each academy’s requirements early. Links to their admissions sites are below. Be sure to complete their forms accurately and be mindful of their deadlines.

Attached to this link is my application form. Please send the form, a letter or essay describing your career goals, a photograph, your high school transcript, ACT or SAT scores*, and three letters of recommendation to the address below by October 31. Also, please send an electronic copy of the application form to

Typically the Academy Boards are held in Casper. All three Congressional offices hold their board on the same date and location. Usually the first or second Saturday in December.

Note: The dates may be extended or a phone interview may be arranged depending on the number of applicants we have. Daniel will contact you with interview times.

Based on the board’s recommendation, I will announce my nominations by early January. Each academy will then make their appointments based on character, scholarship and test scores, leadership, physical and medical fitness, motivation, and suitability for a military career.

Please contact my Military Liaison, Daniel Gallegos, if you have any questions. He will be happy to help you create the strongest application packet possible. Daniel can be reached at (307) 261-6413 or

Send applications by October 31 to:

US Senator John Barrasso
ATTN: Daniel Gallegos
PO Box 22201
Casper, WY 82602 

Air Force
Naval Academy
Admissions Office
2304 Cadet Drive Suite 200
USAF Academy, CO 80840-5025
Candidate Guidance Office
117 Decatur Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5018
Military Academy
Merchant Marines
Director of Admissions
600 Thayer Road
West Point, NY 10996-9902
Admissions Office
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Kings Point, NY 11024-9997

* Results of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Training (ACT) scores should be sent to Senator Barrasso’s Cheyenne office by using the code number 4985 for the SAT and 7200 for the ACT.

Note: The United States Coast Guard Academy handles its own application and appointment process. The United States Coast Guard Academy does not require a formal nomination by a U.S. senator. However, if you are applying to the Coast Guard Academy, my office would like to hear about your interest and background. Please contact us via email. Additional information about the United States Coast Guard Academy application process may be obtained from the U.S. Coast Guard website